Television in Brief


NEW YORK — Barbara Walters resisted using the word “retirement” when she left “The View” and here’s one reason why: She has a new series set to begin this October on the Investigation Discovery network.

The fast-growing ID network said last week that Walters will present “American Scandal,” a series that looks back on well-known crimes where she worked on the stories initially.

In the new series, she’ll revisit cases involving Jean Harris, the former girls’ school headmistress convicted of the murder of her lover, and Mary Kay Letourneau, a suburban Seattle teacher convicted of raping a 12-year-old student.

Walters has committed to making six episodes of “American Scandal.”

LOS ANGELES — “The Wiz” is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil.

NBC said last week it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of “The Wizard of Oz.” Its partner on the TV version will be Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division, which will then present “The Wiz” on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.

“Cirque’s incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement Monday.

NEW YORK — A late-night glimpse of a Pentecostal church while he was walking his dog inspired country singer Billy Ray Cyrus to dream up a television series that the CMT network said will become part of its schedule early next year.

Cyrus will star in the comedy “Still the King” as Vernon Brown, a one-hit country star-turned-Elvis Presley impersonator who becomes a minister at a country church outside of Nashville, Tenn.

CMT also is planning a docuseries on “American Idol” singer Kellie Pickler and her marriage, a coming-of-age documentary involving a group of friends in small-town Florida and a late-night talk show with Josh Wolf.

“Still the King” puts CMT back into business with Cyrus.

“We built bridges around the world together in the early ’90s, places where country music hadn’t been or hadn’t been for a long time,” Cyrus said in an interview.

Associated Press